Virginia Shultz-Charette and the cover of her recent book
Virginia Shultz-Charette and the cover of her recent book "Winchester, Connecticut: A History from Founding to Flood (Brief History)"

WINSTED — Author and historian Virginia Shultz-Charette believes that the history of Winsted and Winchester is very compelling.
Shultz-Charette’s latest book is “Winchester, Connecticut: A History from Founding to Flood.”
“I found out so much about the town’s history that I went 10,000 words over the word limit the publisher set for me,” Shultz-Charette said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix. “Winsted was a very exciting place in the past. It was a hub where people of various and different persuasions came to town, including scientists, explorers, musicians, and authors all came to Winsted. It was just an exciting place to live.”
Shultz-Charette’s previous book “Winsted and Winchester (Images of America)” was published in 2012.
While her previous book concentrated on the town’s history mostly through pictures, her new book further explains the town’s history from before its founding, what led to the founding of the town, all the way up to The Flood of 1955.
It also includes biographical sketches of residents who “put Winsted on the map” including historical figures Rose Terry Cooke, Sarah E. Harvey, King T. Sheldon, and Frank DeMars.
“Winsted has always had fascinating people, both now and then,” Shultz-Charette said. “I do think Winsted has a good chance of being an exciting place again. In the past, there were Winsted residents who had money to do things like having a ballooning venture, and there were businesses all over.”
Shultz-Charette dedicates the book to “all the past, present and future residents of my beloved, adopted town.”
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